Clonmel Racecourse is located in Powerstown Park in County Tipperary, Ireland. Both National Hunt and flat racing take place here. Now in operation for 150 years, the closest airport is Shannon in County Clare. Clonmel racecourse holds 12 meetings throughout the year. However, the National Hunt racing is the main attraction, with three Graded races taking place annually. The feature race here is the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase.
Clonmel Betting Tips
A right-handed oval of about 10 furlong in circumference, the track rises away from the stands with the relatively flat back straight. The long sweep for home is all downhill and can allow those in front to get away. However, there is a climb uphill again over the final quarter mile which will punish those who have gone for home too soon. The fences are relatively easy, with four down the back, one on the side away from the stands and a pair in the home straight. The second last fence running slightly downhill is the one that can catch horses out, appearing as they are just starting to tire.
The flat course at Clonmel is a good track for front runners, with those who have the ability to travel strongly at a significant advantage. The downhill run from the back straight can allow front runners to escape. Those who have judged the pace right on the front are often unable to be caught, despite the run to the line being uphill. It is something of a specialist track, an undulating oval with relatively tight turns and previous course form is a big plus.
Clonmel Draw Bias
A low draw is a big advantage on quick ground from the mile and a quarter and mile and a half starts as there are a few bends between there and the top of the hill. This means that you save plenty of ground. It can be much easier to come from off the pace in softer conditions, as those who set a frantic early gallop can get undone by the stiff uphill climb to the winning line. The shortest race on the flat at Clonmel is 10 furlongs.
Clonmel Betting Trends
Eoin Doyle doesn’t have too many runners over fences at Clonmel; but when he does, he is well worth following. He has sent five runners to Clonmel races over the past three years and three of them have been victorious. This has resulted in a profit of +£28.00 to level £1 stakes. Over hurdles, Willie Mullins dominates the statistics. Renowned for having very short priced favourites in Ireland, surprisingly he has a profit of +£23.58 from his 15 winners from 40 runners over the smaller obstacles at Clonmel.
Over hurdles, Bryan Cooper is operating at a 33% strike rate with 12 runners from his last 36 mounts. Ruby Walsh has an even more impressive 41% strike rate with 11 winners from his 27 rides. This has resulted in a profit of +£17.90 to level £1 stakes. Based on all the statistics, it clearly pays to follow Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins over hurdles when looking for Clonmel tips.
Clonmel Feature Races
- Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) (2m 6f)
- Captain Christy Rated Novice Chase (3m)
- Clonmel Oil Chase (Grade 2) (2m 4f)
- T.A. Morris Memorial Mares Chase (Grade 3) (2m 4f)